New study indicates why children are likelier to develop food allergies
An estimated 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies, many of them children. These are non-trivial concerns, as food allergy or intolerance can cause symptoms ranging from a harmless skin rash to a potentially lethal anaphylactic shock. The good news is that many affected children outgrow their allergy, presumably as the immune system learns to tolerate food initially mistaken as “foreign”.
Video: Sublingual allergy treatment provides alternative to shots
For patients with severe seasonal allergies the regularly available medications may not be enough to help their symptoms while the prospect of shots may be prohibitive enough to keep them from getting shots. A newly approved treatment could provide an alternative to the needle.
Substantial increase in costs for uncontrolled asthma
A considerable proportion of patients with mild to moderate asthma are symptomatically uncontrolled, and uncontrolled asthma is associated with significantly increased costs, according to a study published online Nov. 3 in Allergy.
Hay fever sufferers prefer prescription medication, but use over-the-counter relief
Anyone suffering with seasonal allergies knows the local pharmacy carries shelves full of over-the-counter medications to help manage symptoms. Unfortunately, most seasonal allergy sufferers take over-the counter (OTC) products rather than the treatments they actually prefer – prescription medications.
New review: What to do to prevent food allergies in infants
With food allergies in children on the rise, parents often ask the question, How do I prevent food allergies in my baby? A new review published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), based on the latest evidence, interprets new evidence to guide physicians and families regarding food introduction and allergy prevention.
Antibiotic overuse might be why so many people have allergies
Scientists have warned for decades that the overuse of antibiotics leads to the development of drug-resistant bacteria, making it harder to fight infectious disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that drug resistant bacteria cause 23,000 deaths and two million illnesses each year.
Food in skincare products linked to development of allergies
Firstly goat milk and now oats have been revealed as allergenic ingredients in skin care products in a latest study by Monash University allergy researchers.
Got a rash? You might be allergic to nickel, dermatologist says
Nickel is one of the most common causes of a skin rash that occurs due to contact with an allergen, a dermatologist says.
High pollen levels hitting allergy sufferers hard
This year’s harsh winter staved off an early arrival of springtime allergies, but the wet weather that has gardens looking lush and green also means tree pollen – especially oak – has made things worse than usual for those who suffer.
Exposure to air pollution in the first year of life increases risk for allergies
New research from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) study shows that exposure to outdoor air pollution during the first year of life increases the risk of developing allergies to food, mould, pets and pests.